About this project
Donations above our goal
In the final days of the campaign, we have stretch goals we want to reach: (1) We want to continue to establish a strong base of founding GreenToGo members so our initial launch is successful! Any funds above our goal will allow us to (2) train and hire additional people at a living wage, and (3) buy carbon-neutral transportation (like cargo bicycles or solar-powered Elf vehicles with trailers) to carry the reusable containers to/from the wash facility and restaurants. And (4) we'll need some office space for our team so we can begin planning and operations. Thank you for your support! Keep the pledges coming!
What it is:
GreenToGo is a service that makes RETURNABLE takeout containers a reality! Our goal is to help the community REDUCE WASTE by making returnable takeout containers a convenient part of the Durham infrastructure. We have so far partnered with 25+ different restaurants to make this a sustainable project.
GreenToGo reduces waste, diverts trash from the landfill, and aims to improves quality of life for the community. GreenToGo boxes are durable and long-lasting take-out containers which are 100% reusable.
Don’t wait! Do this now! Help make this project a success by joining the GreenToGo club!
How it works:
The GreenToGo service uses a check-in and check-out system for boxes. When you dine at a GreenToGo restaurant, you check out a fresh box for your takeout or leftovers. You later return the used box to a GreenToGo drop-off bin in any of the participating restaurants so it can be washed and sanitized in a commercial dishwasher, ready for the next customer! Watch this short video to see the GreenToGo in action.
What restaurants are participating?
We are proud of our ever growing list of Durham restaurant participants:
- Old Havana Sandwich Shop
- Luna Rotisserie
- Bull City Burger & Brew
- KoKyu Na’Mean
- Durham Co-Op Market
- Bagel Bar
- Alpaca Rotisserie Chicken
- Saltbox Seafood Joint
- The Original Q-Shack
- Ninth St. Bakery
- Cocoa Cinnamon
- Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop
- The Boot
- Geer St. Garden
- Vegan Flava Cafe
- Happy & Hale
- Bull McCabe's
- Pie Pushers Pizza
- Dain's Place
- Oval Park Grille
- and Scratch Bakery!
We’re also in talks with Heavenly Buffaloes, Lucky’s Deli, Local 22, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Foster’s Market, Guasaca, and Parts & Labor.
Please feel free to write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have suggestions for where you want to see GreenToGo service provided. Thank you!
Is there a cost to participate in GreenToGo, and what does that cost cover?
It costs $25 per year for a 1-box GreenToGo membership. Membership fees help support the cost of buying the GreenToGo boxes, building a drop-off bin for each restaurant, and supporting publicity and management of the GreenToGo service in our community. If you think you’ll need more than one GreenToGo box at a time, you can easily upgrade your membership to a 2-, 3-, and 4-box membership using the GreenToGo mobile app.
Don't Waste Durham thanks Keep Durham Beautiful for their fiscal sponsorship!
Filmmaker: Yuri Vaysgant
Music: Kamara Thomas
We'd also like to thank many people and places:
Elizabeth Turnbull & Roberto Copa Matos of Old Havana Sandwich Shop
Kelli Cotter of Toast
Leila Wolfrum of Durham Co-op Market
Ms. Polly Nator
Patricia Fossum of City of Durham Solid Waste Department
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Dining Services
Zoe Harrison, NCSU student and Don't Waste Durham intern
Museum of Life & Science
The beautiful people of the Bull City!
Risks and challenges
Possible risks and challenges for us include:
Coordination of GreenToGo box collection, and washing/sanitizing for restaurants not equipped with high-temperature commercial dishwashers.
Different restaurants needing different shaped and sized boxes.
Gaining enough market penetration to remain viable over time.
Wish us luck! Fingers crossed!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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